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AndyT replied to the topic 'When the Saints-April Song of the Month' in the forum. 45 minutes ago

Again,

End of the month, finalised version, as such.

youtu.be/MbFJGUzRbEg

Andy

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Crooked Stove Pipe April Song of the Month' in the forum. 48 minutes ago

Well, end of the month.

Haven't progressed this much, but getting there.

youtu.be/cEKHt4p1DCk

Andy

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 53 minutes ago

spideryak wrote:

I would have thought the fellow (Buddy Greene) playing the William Tell Overture on his diatonic would have kind of resolved that issue once an for all...guess not.


-=_=_=-

I was being my usual cautious self, so undersold it.

Andy

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Tootler replied to the topic 'Work in Progress: Harmonica Didgeridoo' in the forum. 3 hours 54 minutes ago

How about a shruti box instead? It's a free reed instrument designed to play a drone. It originated in India developed from the Indian harmonium though mine is made in the UK.

youtu.be/JO_mbsyWODg

There's a double bellows arrangement that keeps a constant air suppliy over the reeds and the white flaps allow you to change key. Mine has a complete chromatic octave of 12 semitones starting on a low G.

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Tootler replied to the topic 'Debating between two harps' in the forum. 4 hours 16 minutes ago

I think there was a supply problem over here a while back. I used to get SP20s in Paddy Richter tuning from a customiser here. The last one I ordered, he was unable to supply and did me a modified blues bender instead which I didn't like as much then he stopped doing them altogether for a time but I see he is back again. In the meantime, I discovered Seydel and they do a variety of alternative tunings. They cost a bit more than the Hohner or Suzuki harps but they are well made, I find them very comfortable to play and they have good tone so I've decided to standardise on them.

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skyguy replied to the topic 'Playing the Changes' in the forum. 4 hours 18 minutes ago

Thanks for the feedback man. Yes, I play 3rd position a lot for minor key songs. Offhand I'm not sure what position I am doing with the E harp. I should probably tab this song out (something I need to start doing).

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 4 hours 59 minutes ago

Christelle is a very accomplished diatonic player.

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Dexer replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 8 hours 31 minutes ago

At the risk of extending the argument, I hope people check out the diatonic work of Christelle Berthon.

youtu.be/Uvbw4jK1NH0

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 10 hours 57 minutes ago

I play melodies on a diatonic. In fact pretty much all I play on a diatonic are melodies. PT Gazell plays nothing but diatonics and he is considered one of the best players in the world, playing everthing from blues to jazz to standards. Charlie McCoy is another diatonic player. Don't sell the diatonic short. Now, it's true that most blues players just play blues riffs and can't play a song, but that's what they want to do and are not concerned with playing straight melodies.

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Dexer replied to the topic 'Debating between two harps' in the forum. 11 hours 28 minutes ago

Tootler wrote:

It seems there is some sort of rip off going on in Canada.

...there's something odd about Hohner's pricing in Canada.

Yes. Even well-known and respected harp customizer Andrew Zajac of Canada has commented on this. He said that Hohner has probably made Suzuki and Seydel very happy in Canada.

Furthermore, I have read posts by other harps dealers and customizers that there seems to be a Hohner supply in North America in general. These guys are saying they are having a hard time getting things like reeds and reed plates from Hohner. Clearly, things just aren't working out well on this side of the pond.

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spideryak replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 13 hours 36 minutes ago

AndyT wrote:


But diatonics are quite good for (simple) melodies.

Andy

I got quite a chuckle out of that.
I would have thought the fellow Buddy Greene) playing the William Tell symphony on his diatonic would have kind of resolved that issue once an for all...guess not.

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jeremyh replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 14 hours 45 minutes ago
Tootler thanked spideryak in topic Crooked Stove Pipe April Song of the Month 14 hours 49 minutes ago
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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 14 hours 54 minutes ago

jeremyh wrote:

I wonder if the conductor was called Phil Harmonic..? :)

...and the award for today's worst pun goes to :)

I suppose the clue is in the name ;)

Yes, puns are good, harmless fun!

But here's the 'worst' pun, since you asked:

Out of all the minced meat products in the world, Germany has the wurst.

:)

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jeremyh replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 15 hours 4 minutes ago

...and the award for today's worst pun goes to :)

I suppose the clue is in the name ;)

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Tootler replied to the topic 'Debating between two harps' in the forum. 15 hours 8 minutes ago

It seems there is some sort of rip off going on in Canada.

I'm in the UK and I just checked with the retailer where I get most of my harmonicas and there was just £1 difference between the SP20 and the Blues Master. Blues Master £26.99 and SP20 £27.99

Deduct 20% tax and convert to $ and that probably comes out pretty close to the Suzuki prices quoted on this thread. So there's something odd about Hohner's pricing in Canada.

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Tootler replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 15 hours 20 minutes ago

AndyT wrote:

Eric33 wrote:
As for playing the Diatonic,I am not a fan.I like something with a melody,as you may have noticed that I am from the old school.

-=_=_=-

Well, to a certain extent you can play a melody on a diatonic. Though as I've shown again, if you have to bend, then you have to be very good at bending to disguise it. Jason Ricci struggles so I've got little to no chance.

But diatonics are quite good for (simple) melodies.

Andy

There are tunings of the diatonic that allow melody playing. For folk tunes in G I use a Paddy Richter tuned diatonic. That has blow 3 tuned up a tone (from D to E on a G harp) which adds in the missing 6th note of the scale in the bottom octave. Melody Maker tuning gives you two complete octaves starting on hole 2 draw and ending on hole 9 blow. I find it useful for some modal folk tunes. I've recently got some Seydel Orchestra S harps. These are 10 hole diatonics solo tuned but instead of starting on the tonic, the lowest note is the fifth of the scale so you get 2 1/2 complete octaves. Some models of tremolo harps are solo tuned and the 48 reed ones will give you three complete octaves. Of course in all cases these are in just one key and if the tune has accidentals, then you need to be able to bend to get those notes if you're playing a diatonic.

I mostly play folk tunes on diatonics. For fast dance tunes, I find the more compact diatonic better and the occasional accidental can be "fudged", especially if you're playing in a band. For slow airs, I prefer a Chromatic. I had a Hohner Chromonica 260 (the 10 hole one) in G some years ago but that packed in and I've recently got myself a Seydel 12 hole Chromatic in G.

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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 15 hours 51 minutes ago

Ha, love the name 'Filmharmonic'...

I wonder if the conductor was called Phil Harmonic..? :)

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